July 24, 2016

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‘Take Control’ teen driving program wins award, is ‘remarkable’

COLUMBUS — Medina County’s “Take Control” teen driving program was recognized by the Ohio Department of Public Safety on Tuesday for its dedication to keeping the community safe.

“We’re very honored to be selected for the award,” said Montville Township Police Chief Terry Grice, who developed the program. “I think they’re recognizing it because how unique it is with all the organizations that are involved.”

Terry Grice

Terry Grice

Grice said the most common cause of crashes for teen drivers is their inexperience. The program — funded by the Ehrbar Angels Foundation, the MStar Foundation, the Jessica Schaffer Memorial Fund, Westfield Insurance, Bill Doraty Kia and Medina County Juvenile Court — is designed to give drivers ages 16 to 19 the experience they need to be safer on the road.

It consists of free three-hour classes, including classroom and behind-the-wheel exercises taught by officers from 13 of the county’s law enforcement agencies. The classes began in June 2013 and have served more than 150 drivers.

The state’s Public Safety Department chose to honor the program with its “I Contribute” award because it works to keep roads safe, department director John Born said.

“I applaud Chief Grice, the Montville Police Department and its partners for their efforts in both creating and maintaining a successful program,” Born said. “The ‘Take Control’ program is a remarkable program and certainly deserving of the ‘I Contribute’ award.”

The award is presented every three months, and the recipient is selected from nominations by a community member.

To register for the “Take Control” program, call Montville police at (330) 661-0122.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com. Follow him on Twitter @ngfalcon.

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Nick Glunt primarily covers courts and crime in Medina County. He served The Gazette from September 2012 to December 2015. Contact him at (330) 721-4048 or via email at nglunt@medina-gazette.com.